When proven treatments don’t exist desperate people try the unproven. Be careful what you try. https://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm584970.htm The FDA is warning consumers not to use Mitragyna speciosa, commonly known as kratom. There are currently no FDA-approved uses of kratom. Moreover, there’s clear data on the increasing harms associated with kratom. Calls to U.S. poison control centers regarding kratom have increased 10-fold from 2010 to 2015, with hundreds of calls made each year. FDA is also aware of reports of 36 deaths associated with the use of kratom-containing products. We’ve learned a tragic lesson from the opioid crisis. We must pay early attention to the potential for new products to cause addiction & we must take strong, decisive measures to intervene.